Huangyaguan Great Wall (Great Wall at Huangya Pass)
Huangyaguan was first built in the Northern Qi dynasty, and then reinforced with brick in the Ming dynasty under General Qi Jiguang. In the 1980s about 1.8 miles (3 kilometers) of Huangyaguan were restored, including 20 watchtowers, one fort, and one gatehouse.
Visit the site with a private guide, who can help navigate steeper portions of the wall and provide historical insight. A tour here can also include other area attractions, including Dule Temple, Jinhai Lake, or the Eastern Qing Tombs, where Qing dynasty royalty including Emperor Qianlong and Dowager Empress Cixi are buried. Shore excursions from Tianjin Port are also available.
Things to Know Before You Go
Huangyaguan is perfect for those seeking a less crowded Great Wall experience.
Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes, and be prepared to climb up steep, uneven steps.
Wear sun protection and bring plenty of water, as there’s little shade on the wall.
Huangyaguan tours from Tianjin or Beijing can last from six to 10 hours, and most tours include pickup and drop-off.
The Huangyaguan Great Wall is not accessible to wheelchair users.
How to Get There
The Huangyaguan section of the Great Wall is located 18.6 miles (30 kilometers) north of Ji County, Tianjin, and about 81 miles (130 kilometers) east of Beijing. The easiest way to visit is on a tour. Otherwise, take a bus from either Beijing Sihui Long Distance Bus Station or Tianjin Hebei Bus Station to Jixian Bus Station, then catch a minibus or taxi.
When to Get There
Huangyaguan is most pleasant in the spring and fall. In summer, temperatures and the chance of rain are high, which can make it tougher to climb the steep steps and enjoy the experience. Winter can bring snow, which may make the steps slippery and dangerous. Every May, the Huangyaguan Great Wall Marathon is held here.
Highlights of Huangyaguan
Highlights of this Great Wall portion include the Phoenix Tower, the largest tower of the section; Huanya Water Gate, with five separate arches allowing the river to pass through; Widow Tower, with unique sculptures, including dragons and phoenixes; and Taipingzhai, where a statue of General Qi Jiguang stands guard. At the base of the main entrance there is also the Huangyaguan Great Wall Museum and a Stele Forest—the largest in northern China.
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